A SUPERMARKET has closed to the public after suspected thieves ram raided the store's front in the early hours of Friday morning.

Sainsbury's on Station Road in Sunderland has been left with "significant damage" following the incident which reportedly involved a blue car.

The store's front could be seen in pieces as contractors were on site to make the supermarket premises secure.

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Police have now launched an investigation into the suspected ram raid and have released further information which could help them with their enquiries.

A spokesperson for Northumbria Police said: “Shortly before 2.45am on Friday we received a report of a suspected ram raid at Sainsbury’s on Station Road, Fulwell.

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“It was reported that a vehicle had rammed into the shutters of the store, causing significant damage, before leaving the scene in the same vehicle.

“An investigation has been launched into the incident and officers have since located a blue car believed to have been used in the offence burnt out in Ridley Street, Southwick."

Those with information are asked to contact Northumbria Police using the non-emergency 101 number.

Or to report a crime anonymously, contact Crimestoppers on 08005-55111.